Might have a few of these myself in Austin this week.
And the Samsung device goes to... -
Samsung gave ABC smartphones to use during the broadcast and was promised its devices would get airtime, these people said. At least one of the product plugs was planned: during the “red carpet” preshow, ABC ran a clip of six aspiring young filmmakers touring Disney Studios. The group were seen in the video using Samsung devices.
The origin of the “selfie” shot was a little different. Ms. DeGeneres, in the days leading up to the broadcast, decided she wanted to take “selfies” during the show and ABC suggested she use a Samsung since it was a sponsor, another person familiar with the matter said.
During rehearsals Samsung executives trained Ms. DeGeneres on how to use the Samsung Galaxy, two people familiar with the matter said.
And the kicker:
The Samsung stunt didn’t come off without a hitch: many people were quick to note on Twitter that the Oscar host was also tweeting during the evening with rival Apple’s iPhone.
Backstage, of course.
The New Worst Thing About Email -
Yet a startup called Rebump has found a way to make email even worse. How is that possible, you ask.? Well, Rebump is a service that automatically re-pings people — via email, of course — that haven’t answered your original message. It will keep doing so until you get a response.
Note that this implies that your initial email was both worth reading, and worth replying to. In reality most email fails both tests. So, Rebump is essentially a brilliantly passive aggressive way to force people into responding to you, or the flood of notes will not fucking stop.
Finally, someone has created my worst nightmare in startup form.
(Source: uandmebabyaintnothingbutmammels, via stevekovach)
Mike Judge’s Silicon Valley Poster Pays Homage To Steve Jobs
I hope this show is actually decent.
taylorishere asked: Regarding the Oscars (I have family that have worked on that and shows of the like for many years) - the thing to remember about all of these shows is ratings. Just like American Idol, Real Housewives, and Fox News: the objective is to drive views and advertising. Handing out statues is just a secondary goal. The primary goal is viewing marketshare. Do you think the show succeeded in doing that?
It’s a fair and good point. And yes, it was insanely successful in that regard. I’m simply talking about my personal preference, of course. I worry about the Oscars becoming yet another award show I just refuse to watch.
I hate almost all awards shows.1 The one exception has always been the Academy Awards.
I’ve watched the Oscars every year for as long as I can remember. To those who know me as a movie buff, this shouldn’t be surprising. Still, I can’t stand the Golden Globes or that various other pageants you can find on random television stations during awards season. But the Academy Awards always seemed special to me. Beyond reproach.
But I fear I’m starting to lose that loving feeling.
All this time I’ve been playing video games when I could have been holding a turtle
Who knows the turtle cheat codes?
Satya Nadella's First Mistake As CEO Of Microsoft -
Microsoft’s Corp.’s newly appointed Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella, in an effort to reignite growth, is shuffling management and putting former political operative Mark Penn in the new role of chief strategy officer, according to people with knowledge of the matter.
Nadella’s mistake number one: not firing this joker.1
Here’s Nadella’s memo confirming this move and the rest of the shakeups on the executive team. And here’s more on Penn within Microsoft.
ericmortensen asked: Do you think Apple is providing the touch screens, wiring harnesses, etc. for CarPlay? I can't imagine they'd leave something like the touch experience or screen resolution to a car manufacturer. I have a hard time believing this is just a software solution.
It’s a good question — it seems that no, they’re not. As you can see here, companies like Mercedes are not only leaving these screens open for use with their own systems, they’re also leaving them open to Android in the future (though details aren’t clear there).
All of this sort of led to my reference to the Rokr. We’ll see how well Apple likes playing on other’s hardware. They do it a bit with the Apple TV, but as you note, this is someone else’s touchscreen.
Her by Daniel Pearson
A billboard in between Napa and San Francisco.